Facts and Figures Rotterdam (February 2010)

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Total population: 588 398
Number of hectares: 319 km2
Number of museums: 40
Number of historic churches: Sint Laurenskerk, the only remaining medieval building in Rotterdam
Number of hotels/number of beds: 47 / 5,576
Best known area: Rotterdam Museumkwartier (Witte de Withstraat, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, NAi, Museumpark)
Address of VVV (tourist information): Coolsingel 195-197, VVV Rotterdam Info Café, Stationsplein 45
Hotspot website: www.rotterdam.info
Entertainment web guide: www.agenda-uitgaan.nl
Rotterdam specialty: Uierboord (warm pieces of ‘cow tit’ on bread with pepper and salt)

General

Rotterdam has had city rights since 1340. These days, Rotterdam is a metropolis with 588,398 inhabitants and 288,855 houses in 13 suburbs. The suburb of Alexanderpolder is the biggest (90,624), the suburb of Pernis the smallest (4,810). The total size of Rotterdam is 319 km2, of which about 1/3 is water. Rotterdam has 2,852 people per 1 km2. In 2008, 22,237 new people established themselves in Rotterdam and 22,162 people left Rotterdam. Rotterdam is highly multicultural with 170 different nationalities. Originally, Rotterdam was a working class city and the Rotterdam way of thinking is still dominated by honesty and hard work.

As a result of heavy bombing during the Second World War, Rotterdam looks quite different to other Dutch cities: the city centre is dominated by residential high-rise and office buildings and there is no historical city centre.

Accessibility

Rotterdam is easy to reach by car and public transport. There are plenty of buses, trams, subway stations, taxis and even tuk-tuks in the city. It takes 15 minutes to get to Rotterdam Airport from the city centre. In the city centre, everything is within walking distance.

Geographical location in the Netherlands

Rotterdam is located in Zuid-Holland, in the middle of the Rijnmond region, near the cities of Delft and Dordrecht. The city is located on the New Meuse, the river that unites the Rhine and the Meuse. Further down river, the New Meuse flows into the North Sea via the Nieuwe Waterweg. Rotterdam is a genuine harbour city. Rotterdam Harbour is the largest harbour in Europe, with total cargo transshipments of 420 million tonnes in 2008. Between 1962 and 2004, Rotterdam was even the biggest harbour in the world, but this ranking has been taken over by Shanghai.

Places of interest

Since of the 1920s and 1930s, Rotterdam has been known for its (modern) architecture. The city boasts buildings in diverse, unusual styles. Well known architectural highlights are the Erasmus Bridge, the Van Nelle building, the Cube Houses and the Kop van Zuid. In 2010, the Euromast celebrates its 50th anniversary, with special anniversary offers and events. The art lover is spoilt for choice in Rotterdam. The most well-known places of interest are the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, the Kunsthal, NAi and the Maritime Museum. Rotterdam Harbour also attracts many tourists; the Spido company offers various harbour cruises. Rotterdam is also a true shopper’s paradise.

In 2009, Blijdorp Zoo was the most visited zoo in the Netherlands and it is known for its beautiful aquarium (Oceanium). The Rotterdam is a new crowd puller. This 228 metre long steamer was christened by Queen Juliana in 1958 and made its first voyage to New York, a year later. After eventful years of ups and downs, the ship has found its resting place in Rotterdam, where it can be viewed inside and out.

The business side of the city

Rotterdam offers many opportunities for the business customer. Both within and around the city centre, there are many conference centres, including very unique locations, such as a medieval church and a cruise ship terminal.

Notes:

Restaurant guide SpecialBite declared Rotterdam the culinary capital of the Netherlands. Ivy was placed at number one in the list of most unique restaurants. Owner/Chef Geurds was also awarded trendsetter of the year. SpecialBite: “In Rotterdam hospitality, things are happening like nowhere else, and top class restaurants and culinary events are booming.” According to readers of travel guide Lonely Planet Rotterdam, Rotterdam also has the world’s best bar: Café de Witte Aap.




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